Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Woody Allen + Marion Cotillard ...

Woody Allen, shooting his next untitled film in Paris this summer, has set Marion Cotillard for a lead role. The French actress will star alongside Owen Wilson. France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has reportedly been mentioned as a possible participant, but nothing's set yet. Cotillard most recently starred in Nine, and performed the Best Original Song nominee Take It All.

Allen's untitled film is being financed under his three-picture deal with Spain’s Mediapro. For a New Yorker who watched the Gotham industry become accustomed to Allen making his annual film here, it still seems odd watching the quintessential New York director shoot in Paris, London or Barcelona, though he returned for Whatever Works. Allen long enjoyed a relationship with studios that few directors could match, where they financed his films without reading scripts. His road tripping began when he found funding overseas from financiers more amenable to such demands.

He recently wrapped You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which shot in London and is scheduled for release in September.